Police in Southern Tennessee are searching for two men they say took thousands of dollars in cows and sold them in Kentucky. Arrest warrants have been issued for 22-year-old Gerald Mimms and 36-year-old Brian Reeves. Authorities told WKRN-TV in Nashville the pair went to a Pulaski stockyard on October 7 and bought four cows for $5,7000. Police say the duo reportedly drove to Kentucky and sold the cows for profit. Detectives say Mimms used his real I.D. and wrote a check on a frozen account. Stockyard owner Billy Wallace says the bank didn’t disclose that information until it was too late. Giles County Detective Shane Hunter says Reeves has also stolen $60,000 from Kentucky stockyards, and $10,000 from a Maury County stockyard.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander concedes some provisions of the controversial Federal Affordable Care Act will be left intact even if Republicans gain full control of congress after next month’s election. The Maryville Republican and former Governor says popular features that ban exclusions for pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to age 26 to remain under their parents’ insurance will be retained. Alexander says his party will move to strip away other provisions of the law, including a tax on medical devices. Alexander seems out of step with other Tea Party Republicans, who want to repeal the law entirely. Democrat challenger Gordon Ball says he believes health care is a right while Alexander believers it is a privilege. Ball says the law can be improved by banning health insurance companies from anti-trust immunity that now allows them to fix prices for insurance premiums.
A tidal wave of Tennessee High School students applying for free Community college tuition will start next year. When Governor Bill Haslam announced his Tennessee promise imitative, education officials said they expected about 20,000 to apply. But with a November 1st application deadline looming, some 45,000 have applied. The free tuition program will be financed by lottery reserves. A network of volunteer mentors will be installed to help guide students through college classwork. Mike Krause is heading the Governor’s plan to achieve a 55 percent college graduation rate by 2025. He says many school districts are requiring students to sign up, and the number actually attending community colleges next fall will likely drop off. The plan is expected to result in an enrollment boom at 2-year schools like Motlow.
A 17-year-old charged with 1st degree in murder connection with the shooting death of a Columbia pizza restaurant worker should stand trial as an adult. Maury County prosecutor Brent Cooper says he’s filed a motion to remove Darious Fitzpatrick form the jurisdiction of juvenile court. Fitzpatrick is charged with the Monday night murder of Gordon Shaffer, age 22. Investigators say the suspect allegedly shot and killed the victim during a late night robbery at a Papa John’s location. Cooper says state law bars him from seeking the death penalty against Fitzpatrick even through the crime might merit it. Police suspect Fitzpatrick was involved in a series of earlier armed robberies of other local businesses. He was convicted of an unrelated aggravated robbery charge in juvenile court last year.
Unemployment rates tumbled across most of Southern Middle Tennessee in September. The state department of labor and workforce development says Franklin County posted the biggest area drop in jobless rates last month. Unemployment there dropped by a full percentage point to 5.5 percent last month compared to August. Coffee County’s unemployment rate went down by 9/10 of a point to 6.1 percent. Unemployment in Grundy County dropped by a full point to 7.7 percent. The state’s average unemployment rate for September was 7.4 percent, well above the national rate of 5.9 percent. University of Tennessee economist Dr. Bill Fox says most employer reports indicate the state’s economy is growing and jobs are being added monthly.
Sentencing has been delayed for a southeast Alabama man convicted of transporting a child to Tennessee and Ohio for sex.
Charles Partin of Clayton was scheduled for sentencing Thursday in Montgomery, but a federal judge delayed it until Dec. 17 at the request of the defense, which said it needed more time to prepare.
A jury convicted Partin in July of transporting a girl to Tennessee and Ohio for sex and transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines. Federal prosecutors said testimony at the trial showed he began molesting the child when she was 8, got her pregnant at 14 and was arrested when she was 15. He was apprehended in Ohio after Alabama police issued an Amber Alert for the missing girl.
The brother of a man charged with kidnapping and killing a Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty to raping her. According to media reports, 26-year-old John Dylan Adams entered the plea on Wednesday in a Decatur County court. His bond was set at $25,000. Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted him on two counts of rape in the case of 20-year-old Holly Bobo. Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Adams admitted involvement in the rape of Bobo on April 13, 2011, the day she went missing from her family’s home in Darden. Adams’ uncle told reporters outside the court that his nephew is mentally challenged and did not rape Bobo. Adams is the brother of Zachary Adams, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping charges.